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I will admit I bought Season 1 after learning that Flynn Ryder in Disneys Tangled was voiced by the very brilliant Zachary Levi. After reading several reviews about the series online and getting great feedback, I decided to get season 1, and boy am I glad that I did. Since then I have bought Seasons 1 - 4 and have season 5 preordered on amazon ready for the October release. The Cast: Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) The central character, a lovable "nerd", who is charming, funny, endearing and the all round good guy. Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) Beautiful, but tough as nails, spy Sarah is Chuck's handler, and the chemistry between them is electric from episode one. Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez) Chuck's lifelong best friend, who often gets things wrong, but has a heart of gold and is fiercely loyal to Chuck. Ellie Bartowski (Sarah Lancaster) Chuck's sister, who helped raise Chuck when their mother left when chuck was just 9 years old. John Casey (Adam Baldwin) Sent to protect Chuck along with Sarah, Casey is very loyal to his country and appears stand-offish to begin with, however as his character develops Casey becomes a great character and double act with Morgan. Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb (Ryan McPartlin) Chuck's brother in law, captain awesome, because everything he does is awesome, in nickname that is well earned throughout the series. Lester (Vik Sahay) and Jeff (Scott Krinsky) Chucks work colleagues at the buymore (his real job and then cover job), they are idiots, but loveable idiots. The basic plot of chuck is simple, Chuck is a computer geek with a normal boring life until his old college room mate, Bryce Larkin, sends him a computer program that downloads all of the governments secrets into his brain, making him one of the most important assets to the US Government and every criminal group you can think of. I really do love this series, each character really grows thoughts out the series, and blends well with the other characters. A great spy series that is funny, sweet, romantic, dramatic and has lots of twists and turns. The cast are all great and the storylines keep you interested.
Chuck I have to admit that at first I didn't think I would like this. I saw the previews for season one when it first came out in England and shrugged it off as another show which would be a failure. It wasn't until season two was due out when they repeated the whole of season one again in preparation that I decided to sit and watch it as there was not much else on - and for the whole weekend I practically found myself glued to the sofa! I have even managed to find season three online and watched right to the end though still continue to watch season three episodes as it comes out on television every week. I wish that I could say that I prefer our own British television though really in the past number of years I have turned into an American television lover! Chuck is funny, sad, full of action, full of sensitivity...everything is within this great show. It is possibly one of my favourite shows of all time. The cast includes; Zachary Levi - Chuck Bartowski Yvonne Strahovski - Sarah Walker Joshua Gomez - Morgan Grimes Sarah Lancaster - Ellie Bartowski Adam Baldwin - John Casey Vik Sahay - Lester Patel Scott Krinsky - Jeff Barnes Bonita Friedericy - General Diane Beckman Ryan McPartlin - Devon Woodcomb Julia Ling - Anna Wu Mark Christopher Lawrence - Big Mike The plot is very basic though to the level they take it makes it amazing. It follows Chuck, a computer geek who inadvertently downloads all of the governments secrets into his brain and becomes one of the most important assets in the world, and as he is so important he has not one but two agents protecting him as his brain continues to flash on the deadly secrets of the world putting both him and his family in danger. Like with every series there are some dud episodes though these a few and far between on Chuck and the amazing yet simple storyline alongside the brilliant cast makes this fantastic show one to watch! Fully recommended!
The fact that an amazing show like this has only 4 reviews is a testament to just how under appreciated Chuck really is. The basic story is this, Chuck is your average under achieving guy working at a local electronics store. When one day he gets an email from an old college pal containing a government program called The Intersect. All the knowledge is then downloaded into his brain and Chuck becomes a walking computer. He's soon teamed up with the amazingly sexy Sarah and the awesomely deadly Casey to use the information he now has to stop criminals. I'd been aware of this show for a while but never got around to watching it until a friend of mine suggested it. I bought the first DVD and watched all 13 episodes within 2 days and feel in love with the show. It has an excellent mix of humour, action and outright geekness. The pacing and acting are all excellent and it doesnt come across as low budget. It's a shame that a show like this has been in constant flux since it was released and even now at the end of the 3rd season it's unsure whether there will be a 4th. But just shows that some network stations in the US only care about the dumb masses and not the loyal fan bases that truly make a show popular. Please if you enjoy good television then watch this show and buy the dvd's, maybe it can still be saved.
Chuck has been described as a mix between the Bourne Identity and The 40 year old virgin and I can agree with this, although I reckon it is a bit closer to the comic genius of the 40 year old virgin. I have said this many times before, but Americans in recent years make far far better shows than us British. It is sad and exhilarating at the same time, but there is a clear difference in the levels. If this was a British show it would be one of the best, but its not even in the top 20 American shows at the moment. Saying that though it is still an excellent show. Cast ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Zachary Levi - Chuck Bartowski Yvonne Strahovski - Sarah Walker Joshua Gomez - Morgan Grimes Sarah Lancaster - Ellie Bartowski Adam Baldwin - John Casey Vik Sahay - Lester Patel Scott Krinsky - Jeff Barnes Bonita Friedericy - General Diane Beckman Ryan McPartlin - Devon Woodcomb Julia Ling - Anna Wu Mark Christopher Lawrence - Big Mike Plot ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A computer geek inadvertently receives a download to his brain of all the governments biggest secrets. Now he is one of the most important assets in the world and two skilful agents have to protect him as he continues his day to day life working in the buy more and as he has memory flashes on the deadly secrets of the world. My Opinion ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is such a simple plot idea, but with excellent casting they have made it very watch-able indeed. I just have to say firstly that Yvonne Strahovski that plays agent Walker in my opinion is stunning and I am sure many people watch this show just because of her. The awkward chemistry that she has with Chuck is great though and this is an important part of the show. As she protects Chuck, she is also a bit of a rival with John Casey who is the other agent. They both want Chuck to trust them more and is protecting Chuck all that they have been assigned to do.... All the characters that work at the Buy-more with Chuck are also great, and each provide their own unique style. This is the part that is like 40 year old virgin, with many different comic scenes and everyone is likeable. My personal favourite is Big Mike who plays the depressed manager and he is one of those actors that you are bound to recognise from other movies and shows. The episodes after a while do a get bit repetitive, but the producers of the show know this, and they do make the episodes as interesting as possible. After all this is meant to have a bit of comedy in it, so is just a bit of fun. It will never be as good as shows like Prison Break or Lost, but it is an excellent show and one that is well worth checking out. I actually can't imagine a better cast for the lead roles and it is worth knowing that McG was one of the executive producers here as well, which means that are some slick action scenes, although none of them involving Chuck. The two agents, Sarah and John Casey are excellent fighters and it is clear to see that Yvonne is in real life a very skilled fighter. She hopefully can push on from here and break into the Hollywood scene in the future.
There are so many things I want to watch on the box that inevitably I have to record them on the V+ and play them back when I have time. I end up having quite a collection and then splurging them all on one go. I tend to do this if a new show comes along and I'm not sure if will like it or not. This has been the case with Reaper, Burn Notice, The Unit, Sarah Connor and, most recently, Chuck. I discovered that I had quite a few episodes of Chuck lined up so sat down to start to get into them. I watched the first half dozen. I wish I hadn't bothered. Chuck is yet another "I've got a secret" show. It follows the formulaic theme of the inept but well-meaning accidental hero, the feisty female, there to look out for him, the "heavy" for when things get rough and the dopey friends, who do their best to make a mess of everything, accidentally of course. This time the secret is that our hero, Chuck Bartowski, played by Zachary Levi, seen previously in "Less than perfect", has the contents of the databases of the US secret services organisations accidentally downloaded into his head. Chuck is a computer nerd and so the ability to absorb terabytes of information instantly is supposed to make some sort of sense! However, rather than do the sensible thing and eliminate him, these same secret services decide instead to recruit him for his ability to instantly recognise spies, assassins, and general anti-American agents when they turn up in his field of vision, which they regularly do. To maintain his cover he continues working at a local hyperstore where he mans the computer help desk. Helping him to maintain his cover are secret agents Sarah Walker, played by Australian actress Yvonne Strahovski, whose own cover is that she works in the fast-food outlet next door and John Casey, played by TV regular, Adam Baldwin, who has taken up a position in the same store as Chuck. Since this is supposedly a comedy, we inevitably have the dim-wit buddies of our hero, Lester Patel (Vik Sahay) and Jeff Barnes (Scott Krinsky), from whom he is supposed to keep hidden his alter ego, whilst working alongside them every day. Notwithstanding the utterly implausible plot line, this theme has been played out so much better in shows like the brilliant Reaper. In fact, it took me a while but finally I recognised where the "inspiration" for this show may have come from. To my mind this is nothing more or less than an attempt to produce a "Get Smart" for the 21st century, and missing by a mile. Most of all, Chuck isn't even funny. I've had more laughs from "The Wire" and "True Blood", which under no circumstances can be called comedies, than from Chuck. "Reaper" does this so much better, not the least of which is because of the acting of the brilliant Ray Wise. In Chuck, whilst the acting is competent, it hardly sets the screen alight. However, it seems that someone, at least in the US, must like it since it appears that it has been commissioned for a second series. I find it astounding the dross that seem to be successful across the pond when brilliant shows such as The Riches, Joan of Arcadia, Dead Like Me, Pushing Daisies seem to get canned almost before they started. Clearly US tastes are very different from our own. Still, at least we still have "House"! I have a fair number more episodes recorded but I'm wondering if my time couldn't be better spent and space freed up on the V+ recorder for shows I would much rather watch. One thing's for sure, I won't be bothering to record Series 2.
When it comes to good modern day TV there does seem to be a bit of a lack of it, much of the hyped TV is relatively uninteresting to me, or seems like too much darkness and brain work. Out of the shows on TV recently 4 have stood out massively above all the others "Outnumbered" "The Inbetweeners", "Shameless" and "Chuck". With the first three being British and on national TV they have all garnered some mainstream following, though the American show in there seems to be over looked, and it's only recently I've actually started watching it recently, and totally fallen for it. The show is the result of a love triangle between James Bond, Nerds and the CIA, which sees the title role (Charles "Chuck" Bartowski) having a super computer implanted into his head based on the CIA's database. This sees Chuck having mental flashes when something from the database comes into his line of sight, be it a face or a microscopic logo. This computer is known as the "intersect" and is the key part of the story line and is seen as the most important secret in the show, so I won't say much more as it could well spoil the major story arc. That's the CIA part of it, the nerdy part is that Chuck's normal "job" is in an electronics store as part of the "Nerd Herd" a bunch of Geeks in the local Buy More store. The geek in Chuck often comes out in a hacking type of way with lots of computers and the "Castle" base of the agents. Though this is often a bit more of the comedy of the show it holds equal stead with the more action based parts and yet works brilliantly well merging the two parts perfectly together. As well as Chuck (played by the excellent Zachary Levi who is surely waiting for a big movie role) the show features a host of other characters. From the comedy trio of Morgan Grimes (played by Joshua Gomez), Jeff Barnes (Scott Krinsky) and Lester Patel (Vik Sahay) who play the brilliantly humorous and regularly geeky part of the show. Each with their own part to play, while being over seen by the always brilliant Mark Christopher Lawrence who played the boss of the store (Mike "Big Mike" Turner) to begin with. In the more recent episodes Emmett Milbarge (played by Tony Hale) took over as being manager of the store and is often seen as a rather anally retentive type manager (that the above mentioned trio don't see eye to eye with). Added to the shop's staff is of course the CIA staff which take take up around ½ the TV time. Headed up by Brigadier General Diane Beckman (Bonita Friedericy- CSI, Star Trek and The West Wing) who plays the boss. Chuck has two agents looking over him, John Casey (played by the always angry looking Adam Baldwin-Firefly, Serenity) and Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski) taking these roles. The relationships with both of these characters and Chuck are complex, the one with Casey is a love hate one, or possibly a more "I'm always angry" type by him, despite the fact Casey is responsible for protecting Chuck. The relationship with Sarah is a lot more complex and is effectively a tense love relationship, the obvious affection they have for each other is often held apart by the roles they have to play in the defence of the country. As well as this there's a few regulars that fit into neither category, such as Dr. Eleanor Fay "Ellie" Woodcomb (played by Sarah Lancaster) who is Chucks sister and her husband Dr. Devon Christian "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb (Ryan McPartlin) who add a more down to earth part to the story. As well as this theirs obviously the bad guys, who are most obviously the FULCRUM network who are trying to track down the "Intersect" most of the series plots are based on them as the main antagonists. Though not the only one, they are the primary network of them, whilst other bad guys do drop in and out of the shows such as Ty Bennett (Casey's former martial arts teacher) and of course crazy scientists. Though the show does have a strong US based story line, their enough Bond type story line's and enough humour to keep even most staunchest of British viewers entertained. It may not be for everyone, but it's pretty much aimed at guys with explosions, shooting and geeky humour...the perfect show for me. The acting of Baldwin and Strahovski are excellent in support of future superstar of Levi who is surely on the way to being a megastar. The show is currently being shown on Virgin (Channel 121 on Sky) on Tuesdays and Mondays.
Chuck Bartowski is an ordinary(ish) guy with an ordinary job. He works as a computer technician in a large electronics store that also employs his best friend Morgan. Chuck lives with his sister Ellie and her boyfriend Devon who do their best to get Chuck a girlfriend, something which Chuck resents as he is not over his ex-girlfriend Jill. Chuck is also struggling to come to terms with the end of his friendship with his ex room-mate, Bryce, who, according to Chuck, is an accountant. We quickly learn that Bryce is not an accountant at all but a CIA agent who has turned 'rogue'. Bryce has downloaded a super-secret government database to his PDA which contains secrets compiled by the NSA and CIA. Bryce is being persued by an NSA agents as so sends the whole database to Chuck via e-mail. Once opened, Chuck is subjected to vast amounts of information which has embedded the database into his brain subliminally. Bryce is killed and his PDA is destroyed. The NSA and CIA track his e-mail to California and send agents there to retrieve the database (which is known as 'The Intersect). At the beginning it is not known that the intersect is now a person and the agents struggle to decipher what has happened... The appeal of this show is mainly that Chuck is a normal guy who, through no choice of his own has been thrust into a life of danger. The show is mainly comedy based but has some really good action scenes and some clever plot twists. The characters are all pretty strong but I especially like CIA agent Sarah Walker and the NSA agent John Casey. One provides the visual stimulation (Sarah Walker) and the other the black humour (John Casey). Both are responsible for protecting Chuck and so are frequently seen bickering amongst themselves and fighting those who attempt to gain control over the Intersect. Chuck is a self-confessed geek who loves nothing more than playing computer games and watching movies with his best friend Morgan (also a geek). Morgan is in love with Chuck's sister Ellie, this provides a huge amount of entertainment throughout the show, especilly since the fondness is not returned. Lucky for Morgan, Ellie's boyfriend, Devon (nicknamed Captain Awesome due to his affinity with the adjective) finds the situation humourous. The information held in the intersect reveals itself to Chuck via 'flashes' which occur when Chuck chances on something which is relevant to the information. Chuck is able to provide the information to his handlers who, in turn, use it to their advantage. Part of the appeal of this show is that Chuck keeps this double life a secret, even from his closest friends and family. The extent he goes to to ensure that no one finds out what is going on leads to some pretty surrel events. Cast: Zachary Levi as Chuck Bartowski Yvonne Strahovski as Sarah Walker Adam Baldwin as John Casey Joshua Gomez as Morgan Grimes Sarah Lancaster as Ellie Bartowski Ryan McPartlin as Devon Woodcomb Chuck is currently in its second season and a third is expected to be filmed and broadcast towards the end of 2009.
An average next door computer whiz receives an encoded e-mail from an old college friend who is now working in the CIA. The message embeds the only remaining copy of the world's greatest spy secrets into Chuck's brain.